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US News U.S. mix-up on aircraft carrier location sparks anger, mistrust

06:20  21 april  2017
06:20  21 april  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

South Korea warns of North Korea "provocations", U.S. navy group approaches

  South Korea warns of North Korea <p>South Korea's acting president warned on Tuesday of "greater provocations" by North Korea as tension on the Korean peninsula rises over concern the North may conduct a test of its military hardware in coming days.</p>A U.S. Navy strike group led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is en route to the western Pacific with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria.

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The entry of China’ s first aircraft carrier , the Liaoning, into service with the People’ s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) attracted considerable attention from both the Chinese press and military observers around the world.

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is shown in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on Saturday. © Sean M. Castellano, U.S. Navy The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is shown in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, on Saturday. Asian nations seem to be more than upset over a miscommunication over a key aircraft carrier group that could potentially launch a strike against North Korea.

The strategic snafu over the USS Carl Vinson’s location this week has left ally South Korea on high alert and wary of President Trump’s credibility.

“What (President Donald Trump) said was very important for the national security of South Korea,” South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo told the Wall Street Journal. “If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”

The US said this aircraft carrier was near North Korea. Turns out it was 3,500 miles away.

  The US said this aircraft carrier was near North Korea. Turns out it was 3,500 miles away. On April 9 — nine days ago — the Trump administration announced that it was sending an aircraft carrier and four accompanying vessels to Korean waters.&nbsp;The strike group was supposed to be doing exercises near Australia, but the administration was diverting it in anticipation of a possible North Korean missile test. The scary implication: the US was putting its warships in place in preparation for a possible strike on North Korea.

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Hong, who declined to speculate further until he knew where the carrier was, added “it seems to me that Trump is a person who takes responsibility and action based on what he says,” citing recent strikes in Syria and Afghanistan.

President Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Network last week, said “an armada” led by the Vinson was headed toward the Korean Peninsula. But the carrier was thousands of miles away conducting exercises with the Royal Australian Navy.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer maintained on Wednesday that Trump wasn’t trying to mislead the American people.

“The president said that we have an armada going toward the Korean Peninsula. That is fact, it happened. It is happening," Spicer said.

Even if Trump spoke premature about the Vinson’s destination, a South Korean newspaper wondered whether countries like Russia and China were chuckling over the high seas mix-up, CNN reported.

The US said this aircraft carrier was near North Korea. Turns out it was 3,500 miles away.

  The US said this aircraft carrier was near North Korea. Turns out it was 3,500 miles away. On April 9 — nine days ago — the Trump administration announced that it was sending an aircraft carrier and four accompanying vessels to Korean waters.&nbsp;The strike group was supposed to be doing exercises near Australia, but the administration was diverting it in anticipation of a possible North Korean missile test. The scary implication: the US was putting its warships in place in preparation for a possible strike on North Korea.

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The newspaper compared the mix-up to North Korea’s “fake missiles” put on display as a scare tactic.

"Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is the United States, too, now employing 'bluffing' as its North Korea policy?" the paper questioned, according to CNN.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal, but said the country was in contact with the U.S. over fleet movements.

Chinese news site Guancha.cn, the newspaper reported, however, weighed in: “Media around the entire world have been duped by Trump again!”

Vice President Pence addressed troops on Wednesday on the USS Ronald Reagan, currently stationed in Japan, and thanked them before their “imminent deployment,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Trump hasn’t given out many details on his defense plans because he believes it’ll take away the element of surprise.

North Korea: 'US has now gone seriously mad'

  North Korea: 'US has now gone seriously mad' North Korea reiterated its vow to launch "full-out war" with nuclear weapons on Saturday as an American naval strike carrier was set to arrive off the tense Korean peninsula in a matter of days. Tensions between the United States and the North have soared in recent weeks as a series of North Korean missile tests have wrought ever-more bellicose warnings from President Donald Trump's administration about curtailing its nuclear weapons programme.

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Narushige Michishita, a professor at Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, said being coy doesn’t work in every situation.

“At a time of emergency, disinformation could be used as a tactic, but if the U.S. president spreads disinformation in peacetime like now, it would hurt the credibility of the U.S.,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies, said the incident had a negative impact on many South Koreans.

"I understand strategic ambiguity for military authorities. However, it's different (for a) political leader,” he told CNN. "How does the U.S. expect South Koreans to trust the U.S. when its leader bluffs and exaggerates? South Koreans' feelings were hurt considerably by remarks by the leader of a close ally.”

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